Oklahoma fire department suffering from growing pains as community continues to expand

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MUSTANG, Okla. - One Oklahoma community continues to face growing pains as more residents and businesses move into the area.

In the past, community leaders in Mustang have talked about the need to widen roads and expand the schools.

Now, the Mustang Fire Department is looking ahead and hoping for a new substation.

The east side of Mustang is getting congested, which causes delays for fire crews.

"We've got to start planning ahead for the future and we don't think that our activity, our response time, is going to do anything but go up," said Chief Carl Hickman, with the Mustang Fire Department.

Chief Hickman said the department's average response time is around four minutes, with the exception of one area.

"If you just look at that very east end of town, our response time is somewhere in the area of seven minutes," said Hickman.

Three minutes is a big difference when you're looking at life or death situations.

Chief Hickman hopes the city council approves public safety funding to purchase land for a new substation near Hwy. 152 and Morgan Rd.

A new substation within a half mile of that busy intersection would help fire crews quickly respond to calls on the east side.

"It has grown so much in the last 10 to 15 years," said Brad Brittain.

Brittain said that growth has caused a lot of traffic in the city.

"An ambulance was trying to leave the new hospital and there was a lot of traffic. I think it would be a good thing to have another fire station on this side," said Brittain.

A new substation would add more personnel and equipment.

"To maintain the level of care that we provide our people, we're going to have to do some improvements," said Hickman.

The Mustang Fire Department gave a presentation to the city council about the proposed substation.

However, no decisions have been made yet.

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